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College bowl games becoming less special every year

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by Garett Polter

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The College football regular season has come to a close, and the postseason is getting ready to take off. The Bowl Selection Committee has finally decided which teams will go where. If you tuned in to the lengthy process of selection, the question might have been raised about how many bowl games there actually are. Too many.

This year there will be 39 bowl games played, meaning 78 teams will compete, of the 130 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Usually making a bowl game is a show of what you have accomplished throughout the season, in the form of wins. An accomplished season being defined as being a better-than-average team.

During the regular season college teams play 12 games, unless they finish with good enough record, to play in their conference championship game. Playing in the championship game would result in a total 13 games on the season, before a bowl game, which would be game 14.

Having 12 games played, an average team would have a record of six wins and six losses. Several teams having a record of .500 and going to a bowl game, means that the committee is okay with sending just average teams to a bowl. Sending these teams takes away from the magnitude and spotlight that bowl games are to bring teams that have had good seasons and finished with good records.

“I don’t think that those teams that finish .500 should be rewarded with being average,” says senior Bryce Cowan, “I feel like bowl games should be played among those who succeed in their conference with 7-5 or higher records.”

The committee should look into taking away the bowl that send teams who are only 6-6 to games. However, something that might keep it from doing so is the one final ruler in everything. Money. These bowl games bring in millions of dollars from ticket sales to showings on television. By making so much money from the games, the committee will probably not take any games away, they could possibly end up adding more.

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